Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sarah added to the BC Roots and Blues Festival

Following performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Guelph's Hillside Music Festival, Sarah has been added to the Roots and Blues Festival according to the festival site.

The Festival takes place August 15-17th.

At the time of publishing, this date has not been confirmed on This show has been confirmed on as of August 1st. has confirmed that Sarah will be playing at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival in St. Catharines, ON on September 21, 2008.

Sarah Slean - Hillside 2008 Set Lists

hillside 200
Originally uploaded by Flare
As promised, here is a review for both of Sarah's Hillside sets this year.

Saturday 2008-07-26, 5:45 Main Stage Show
  1. California
  2. Euphoria
  3. Get Home
  4. Hopeful Hearts
  5. Lucky Me (Jazz ver.)
  6. When Another Midnight (Jazz ver.)
  7. No Place at All
  8. Notes From the Underground
  9. Sound of Water

Sunday 2008-07-27 - 4:00 The Sun Stage
  1. All My Trials (Bahmian lullaby, v. Joan Beaz)
  2. Looking for Someone
  3. Untitled (A minor, G, F, A minor) - Sheila Grunner with Sarah on Piano
  4. Abide With Me (Henry Francis Lyte, 1847)

Both sets seemed to end very shortly and Sarah appeared to be ready to play another song during her Sunday set but was out of time. For Saturday's set Sarah sat at mini grand piano and was joined by the same band that joined her on the Books and Ballgowns tour. For the Sunday workshop she played an electric piano and was sometimes joined by Sheila Grunner (Black Cabbage) playing violin.

Saturday's main set was filmed in entirety by a professional camera. I was not able to confirm with the camera man how the recording will be used as he was always busy recording other sets when I saw him. There was no mention of CBC presenting either of Sarah's sets but all stages are recorded and CBC Radio 2 will be doing a highlights special on I believe August 22.

More photos of Sarah at Hillside can be found on Flickr. The photo featured, hillside 200 was Originally uploaded by Flare

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sarah @ The Hillside Music Festival


Sarah's back at the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph Ontario this weekend. In addition to her Saturday night main stage show, she will be playing hosting lullaby workshop on Sunday.

Sunny Stage Lullabies Sarah Slean (host) with Nabi Loney, Hayley Sales, Sheila Gruner & friends. - Hillside 2008 Program (PDF)

Tickets for the festival have now been sold out.

CBC Radio 2 in the past has played back some of the sets from Hillside in the weeks after the festival and have hosted some of the concerts online.

I will update following the festival.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sarah's iTunes Playlist

Sarah is one of the many celebrities to have added their playlist to iTunes. Sarah goes through each track and being on iTunes you can sample and purchase them too. View Sarah's July 7th playlist by launching the celebrity playlist in iTunes.

  1. Dress Rehearsal Rag - Leonard Cohen
  2. Lover, You Should've Come Over - Jeff Buckley
  3. God's Song - Randy Newman
  4. Backdrifts - Radiohead
  5. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
  6. A case of You - Jone Mitchell
  7. God Knows - El Perro del Mar
  8. Man-Sized Sexet - PJ Harvey
  9. Mr Brightside - The Killers
  10. Glory Box - Portishead
  11. Desire - Talk Talk
  12. The Tourist - Radiohead
  13. Leather - Tori Amos
  14. Strange Fruit - Billi Joliday
  15. Joga - Bjork
  16. Shine - David Gray
  17. Powder Blue - Elbow
Thanks to Kyall for the heads up on this and the image is from the current iTunes Canada homepage.

Update 2008-07-22:
As people outside of the Canadian iTunes store can not view the playlist, by request I have included a screen print of Sarah's comments.